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AAC Media Day preview: League’s out to prove it with new coaches after flopping badly in 2014

New Houston head football coach Tom Herman, center, meets the media Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Houston, just two days after wrapping up his duties as Ohio State's offensive coordinator by helping the Buckeyes to the national title. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The American Athletic Conference failed miserably last year in its attempt to hold its own with college football’s “Power Five” leagues. But the offseason went much better. Houston, refusing to settle for a seven-win season, fired coach Tony Levine before its bowl game and replaced him with Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, whose… Continue reading →

Tulane preseason camp preview: With an extra year of experience (and lots more stability), Green Wave is expecting a 2015 turnaround

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave quarterback Tanner Lee (12) hands off to Tulane Green Wave running back Lazedrick Thompson (33) during Spring practice at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Not even a series of downer predictions from preseason magazines has affected Tulane’s upbeat attitude entering preseason football practice. Summer is the time for unbridled optimism — every team in the country is undefeated — but with 16 starters returning, the Green Wave players and coaches clearly believe they will fool the forecasters in the fourth year… Continue reading →

Tulane preseason camp preview: Five questions/five answers, players to watch and much more

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tulane receiver Justyn Shackleford scores the first points in Yulman Stadium on a tipped pass from quarterback Tanner Lee on Sept. 6, 2014.

FIVE QUESTIONS, FIVE ANSWERS 1. Is quarterback Tanner Lee ready to succeed? That was the expectation last year when coach Curtis Johnson named Lee his starter early in the preseason, relegating 2013 starter Nick Montana to backup status. Lee, then a redshirt freshman, finished 101th nationally in pass efficiency, throwing more… Continue reading →

Back at Tulane: ‘Hot Rod’ Williams works at basketball clinic put on by National Basketball Retired Players Association

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- NBA Retired Veterans Association players, including  former Tulane player John 'Hot Rod' Williams, left, and Donald Royal, were on hand to teach local youngsters, like Kevin Jackson, center, the game's finer points.

That John “Hot Rod” Williams was at Tulane on Friday seemed to make for an incongruous picture — especially when he was standing on the basketball court at the school’s Hertz Center practice facility. Williams was a central figure in a point-shaving scandal that rocked the Tulane men’s basketball program, bringing it a self-imposed “death penalty.” But… Continue reading →

Early-arriving freshman class is big for Tulane football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tulane freshmen Andrew Hicks, left, and Rod Teamer catch their breath between drills during a preseason workout at Yulman Stadium on Friday, July 17, 2015.

Tulane offensive coordinator Eric Price is counting on freshman Andrew Hicks to contribute this fall, in part because Hicks, at 6-foot-3, is a big wide receiver. But since arriving on Tulane’s campus, Hicks, who went to Belle Chasse, has gotten even bigger, adding 9 pounds and now weighing 202. That’s just one of the benefits of freshmen… Continue reading →

Former Tulane great JaJuan Dawson remembered for his character

Tulane wide receiver JaJuan Dawson (20) tries to run past Mississippi linebacker Eddie Strong (1) on an 8-yard pass reception during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

The outpouring of love was easy to find, even during a time of dire sadness. To many who knew former Tulane and NFL wide receiver JaJuan Dawson, that’s the type of legacy he leaves. Dawson’s body was found in Lavon Lake in Collin County, Texas, at 11:35 p.m. Monday by the sheriff’s office after he fell… Continue reading →

Search resumes for former Tulane star JaJuan Dawson on a lake near Dallas

Tulane wide receiver JaJuan Dawson (20) tries to run past Mississippi linebacker Eddie Strong (1) on an 8-yard pass reception during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi defeated Tulane 20-13. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

JaJuan Dawson, one of the most prolific football players in Tulane history, is missing after falling into a lake near Dallas on Sunday night. Authorities in Wylie, Texas, said Dawson, who’s from Houston, fell out of a rented boat during a family outing. The Collin County Sheriff’s Office said Dawson, 37, wasn’t wearing a lifejacket when he fell… Continue reading →

Former Tulane star Jay Hook taking his best shot in NBA summer league

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  New Orleans Pelicans guard Jay Hook waits to talk to the media after practice Tuesday in Metairie.

Jay Hook doesn’t need to see the scouts or the television cameras to know what the next week means. The former Tulane shooting guard went through his first two professional practices this week as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans’ summer league and had Green Wave basketball coach Ed Conroy beaming with excitement.… Continue reading →

Ex-Tulane standout Brian Bogusevic relishes ‘special’ opportunity to play for United States at Pan American Games

Digital Photographic Imaging photo -- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs' Brian Bogusevic

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — As July 1 neared, Brian Bogusevic knew he could be playing baseball elsewhere. The former Tulane standout has been among the leaders in several offensive categories for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, and has been among the team’s steadier outfielders. He had played all three positions, with… Continue reading →

Robert Kelley in line to suit up for Tulane football team this fall

Associated Press photo by Bill Haber -- Tulane running back Robert Kelley breaks into the SMU secondary in 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

After nearly a two-year absence, running back Robert Kelley could return to the Tulane football team this fall, lending more depth to one of the deepest positions on the roster. Kelley, a fifth-year senior who last played for the Green Wave in 2013, remained in school despite being academically ineligible to practice in the spring of… Continue reading →

Devon Breaux breaks a Tulane dry spell at the NCAA track and field championships

EUGENE, Ore. — The long drought for the Tulane men’s track and field program at the NCAA championships came to an end Wednesday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Long jumper Devon Breaux, a Donaldsonville native who doubles as a wide receiver for the Green Wave football team, became the first male athlete to represent the school at… Continue reading →

Former Tulane linebacker Jay Rink dies at age 47

Former Tulane linebacker Jay Rink died Saturday morning after a five-year battle with ALS. He was 47. A former Brother Martin High School staandout, Rink starred on defense at Tulane from 1987-90 and amassed 180 tackles with 13 sacks among 23 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a pair of pass break-ups to go with a… Continue reading →

Tulane, coach David Pierce excited by Green Wave’s rapid growth in his first season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane shortstop Stephen Alemais (2) celebrates his run with Tulane left fielder Jackson Johnson (13) in the fifth inning during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Saturday, May 30, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

With Tulane’s elimination from the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional a virtual certainly entering the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday night, every player on the team was standing along the rail outside the dugout, screaming encouragement to the final batters. The disappointment of an early exit did not take away the excitement about what they accomplished in… Continue reading →

Tulane’s season ends with a rain-delayed, 8-2 loss to UNC-Wilmington in the Baton Rouge regional

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane starting pitcher Alex Massey (28) pitches against UNC-Wilmington during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Sunday, May 31, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Given another shot at UNC-Wilmington after a nine-run loss Friday, Tulane got the same result. The Green Wave did almost nothing right against the white-hot Seahawks in a rain-delayed Sunday elimination game at the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional, losing 8-2 at Alex Box Stadium for a desultory end to a bounce-back season under… Continue reading →

Tulane notebook: ‘Dream come true’ to play in NCAA tournament for Wave senior Garrett Deschamp

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane second baseman Garrett Deschamp (1) returns to the dugout after flying out to centerfield in the first inning against UNC-Wilmington during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Sunday, May 31, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Asked Saturday whether a loss to Lehigh in the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional would have soured his thoughts on this season, Tulane senior infielder Garrett Deschamp said no way. He reiterated that thought after UNC-Wilmington eliminated the Green Wave 8-2 on Sunday night. Tulane never was in the game following a six-run third inning for… Continue reading →

Tulane crushes Lehigh 15-3 after a long, long rain delay in the Baton Rouge regional

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane second baseman Garrett Deschamp leaps over Lehigh second baseman Mike Garzillo after making the tag in the third inning of Saturday's game in the Baton Rouge regional at Alex Box Stadium.

After another rocky start, Tulane rocked Lehigh’s shaky pitching and lived to play another day in the Baton Rouge regional. The Green Wave, which has not gone out two-and-out in the NCAA tournament in nearly 30 years, followed a 10-1 loss to UNC-Wilmington on Friday night by doing just about everything wrong in the first few innings… Continue reading →

Lewis: Tulane’s win over Lehigh was just what the program needed

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane right fielder Lex Kaplan (6) celebrates in the dugout after being walked in by Lehigh pitcher Connor Donovan during the Baton Rouge regional on Saturday at  Alex Box Stadium.

When you haven’t won an NCAA tournament game in seven years and 364 days, what’s a little 3-hour, 16-minute rain delay? Tulane sat out Saturday’s downpour in the LSU players’ lounge Alex Box Stadium (all of that purple and gold must have been hard to stomach), reasonably assured that their 8-3 lead against Lehigh in the… Continue reading →

Tulane stumbles in return to NCAA tournament, falls 10-1 to UNC-Wilmington

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane's Richard Carthon (8) safely beats the ball to first baseman first baseman Corey Dick (40) in the third inning during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Friday, May 29, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Tulane’s return to the NCAA tournament was more like a crash back to earth. The Green Wave skidded early, falling behind in the first inning, before getting smashed by a seven-run fourth inning in UNC-Wilmington’s 10-1 victory at Alex Box Stadium in a game that stretched from late Friday night into Saturday morning. But the fourth… Continue reading →

Sources: Team vote removes Tulane outfielder John Gandolfo from the roster

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Tulane's John Gandolfo, 9, throws ball to the infield tagging out UNO's player at home plate during the fifth inning of the first NBC Cup against Tulane University and the University of New Orleans at Maestri Field at Privateer Park in New Orleans, Tuesday, on Feb. 24, 2015.

Tulane center fielder John Gandolfo was removed from the team, Tulane officials confirmed to The Advocate on Friday night. Sources close to the situation said Green Wave teammates took a team vote this week that resulted in his dismissal by coach David Pierce. Tulane officials would not disclose how or why Gandolfo is no longer… Continue reading →

Tulane hitters start to heat up — just in time for Baton Rouge regional

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tulane infielder Stephen Alemais (2), left, connects with the ball during batting practice as teammates watch and wait their turn during the last practice day before the beginning of the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

Facing its first postseason game since 2008, Tulane has gotten hot at the plate at the perfect time. Shut out on seven occasions this season, the Green Wave (34-23) finally is emerging from a hitting slump that lasted the better part of two years, providing a jolt of confidence for its Baton Rouge regional opener against… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge regional scouting reports: Tulane and UNC Wilmington

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tulane pitcher Alex Massey (28), center, stretches with the rest of the team during warmups for their last practice day before the beginning of the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

UNC WILMINGTON The Seahawks made their baseball postseason debut at the 2003 Baton Rouge Regional, losing to LSU in 11 innings in the regional final. … UNCW hits .306 as a team to carry a meager pitching staff. … Corey Dick slugs .522, has 13 doubles and is in a three-way tie for the team lead… Continue reading →

Tulane student-athletes score high in latest APR report from the NCAA

Tulane student-athletes again received national acclaim for their efforts in the classroom, as 13 of the Green Wave’s 16 varsity sports programs scored well above their national averages for the 2013-14 season according to the latest multi-year Academic Performance Rates (APR) released on Wednesday by the NCAA. The 2015 report marks the 11th straight year the… Continue reading →